Three mothers and their children are shot at by unknown persons in Mexico. Nine people die in the attack. Days later, the background of the bloody deed is still unclear. A member of the victims has now published voice messages to make the horrors of the killings clear to the world.
After the murders of nine members of a Mormon extended family of US origin in Mexico, the contents of several voice messages of a relatives of the victims has come to the public.
According to CNN, the recordings come from a WhatsApp group from the family circle. They were provided by Kendra Lee Miller, who was also heard on the news.
She told CNN that the murdered were innocent persons. The world should know that this makes the incident so appalling to her family.
A total of three women and 14 children of the extended family were on Monday in three cars in a mountainous area between the northern Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua on the way, when strangers shot at them.
Mexico: Mother and children burned in car
The women were, according to Kendra Lee Miller, their step-sister Rhonita "Nita" Maria Miller, her aunt Dawna Ray Langford and Christina Marie Langford Johnson. The three and six children between the ages of eight months and eleven died in the robbery.
Other children survived injured. Among the survivors is a seven-month-old girl who was reportedly found hours after the attack in one of the cars. According to a Facebook post by Kendra Lee Miller, these are Faith Marie Johnson, the daughter of Christina Maria Langford.
The child had remained unhurt – probably because his mother had put the child seat of the girl on the floor of the vehicle to protect it.
Another of the three cars burned down. According to the voice messages of Kendra Lee Miller, her stepsister was in the vehicle with her children.
"Nita and her kids are dead," Miller said in one of the notes. "They were all burned in the car, Uncle Jeffrey identified all five bodies, their bones burned (…) Dear God, pray for all of us."
On Thursday, 43-year-old Dawna Ray Langford was buried along with her two sons Trever Harvey (11) and Rogan Jay (2). The funeral took place on a property of the Mormon community in Sonora.
100 murders a day in Mexico
The background of the murders are also unclear days later. The Mexican authorities speculated about a possible connection with a turf war between two drug cartels.
The victims were both Mexican and US citizens. The Mexican government announced that it was cooperating with the FBI investigation.
US President Donald Trump called for the neighboring country on Twitter to use US aid to wage war on the cartels.
The Mexican authorities meanwhile emphasized that the pods found at the scene came from bullets from the USA.
Mexico has been suffering from high levels of violence for years. Last year, more than 36,000 murders were registered in the country's 130 million inhabitants – around 100 per day.
The violence is largely due to gangs involved in drug trafficking and abduction and extortion. They often have connections to local security forces. (Thp / dpa)